$300,000 was awarded to the estate of a 22-year-old man who drowned after he jumped off of a party boat at night while intoxicated. Attorney McManus sued the man who encouraged the decedent to jump off the boat despite knowing that he could not swim and promised to rescue him. The defendant denied that he encouraged the decedent to jump off the boat and denied that he promised to rescue him. The defense lawyers argued that the man’s death was the result of his own recklessness in deciding to jump into the water, while intoxicated, when he could not swim. The defense lawyers argued that the defendant had no legal duty to rescue the man. Attorney McManus was able to overcome these arguments and attain a substantial recovery for the man’s estate.
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